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Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara
Koji Uehara is a right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. Uehara became the first Japanese-born player in Orioles history when he agreed to a two-year contract with the team in January 2009.

Uehara spent 10 seasons with the Japanese Central League's Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, going 112-62 with a 3.01 ERA. He collected 1,376 strikeouts and walked only 206 hitters in 276 career games for the Giants, a 6.68 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher won the Sawamura Award, the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award, in 1999 and 2002.

Uehara was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic...
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Koji Uehara is a right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. Uehara became the first Japanese-born player in Orioles history when he agreed to a two-year contract with the team in January 2009.

Uehara spent 10 seasons with the Japanese Central League's Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, going 112-62 with a 3.01 ERA. He collected 1,376 strikeouts and walked only 206 hitters in 276 career games for the Giants, a 6.68 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher won the Sawamura Award, the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award, in 1999 and 2002.

Uehara was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He also represented Japan in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, posting a save in two perfect innings as a closer in 2008 and going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA to help Japan win the Bronze medal in 2004.

Uehara was born on April 3, 1975.
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  • Your turn: Who should be the Orioles closer?

    Your turn: Who should be the Orioles closer?
    Before last night's loss to the Yankees, Buck Showalter had made all the right moves when managing the Orioles bullpen. He was playing the matchups, using his top relievers in key situations before the ninth inning and going with his gut in save...
  • Orioles power past Reds, 7-5, to win series

    Orioles power past Reds, 7-5, to win series
    In their rubber match against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles committed two errors, left seven runners on base, walked two batters with the bases loaded and nearly coughed up a five-run lead. And they still won, 7-5, before a...
  • Orioles lose slugfest to Red Sox, 15-10

    Orioles lose slugfest to Red Sox, 15-10
    There was no on-field animosity that carried over from earlier this month, but that's not to say the Orioles didn't feel the effects of their ejection-marred previous series with the Boston Red Sox. With closer Kevin Gregg serving the first game of a...
  • Unlikely heroes spur Orioles over Indians, 8-3

    Unlikely heroes spur Orioles over Indians, 8-3
    When the Orioles broke spring training 31/2 months ago to heightened expectations and growing excitement, Robert Andino and Mark Hendrickson grappled with opposite emotions. Hendrickson, the veteran of nine big league seasons, was facing his first trip...
  • Orioles' bullpen battle adds a little drama to spring training

    Orioles' bullpen battle adds a little drama to spring training
    The Orioles arrived in Sarasota with plenty of intrigue, a starting lineup already pretty much set in stone and a rotation with perhaps just one opening. But Buck Showalter's bullpen is wide-open, which gives us an opportunity to do a little spring...
  • Q&A with Rob Neyer: Showalter will get Orioles to 82 wins

    Q&A with Rob Neyer: Showalter will get Orioles to 82 wins
    Nationally-known baseball blogger and numbers geek Rob Neyer joined SB Nation as its national baseball editor on Feb. 1 after 15 years at ESPN. He took time out of his busy schedule at his new gig to chat with me Wednesday about the 2011 Orioles, and I...
  • Bad news for beard-lovers: Jake Arrieta rediscovered his razor

    Bad news for beard-lovers: Jake Arrieta rediscovered his razor
    I appreciate a good beard when I see one -- maybe it's because I can't grow one above my neck -- so I am bummed out to see that Orioles starter Jake Arrieta had shaved off his amazing Al Borland beard from FanFest. In case you missed it, the beard was...
  • Coffee Companion -- 2/18

    Coffee Companion -- 2/18
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. Running it back:...
  • Five for Friday: Five reasons to be pessimistic about the Orioles

    Five for Friday: Five reasons to be pessimistic about the Orioles
    In last week’s Five for Friday post, I half-filled my coffee mug with orange Kool-Aid, listing five reasons to be optimistic about the Orioles finally breaking the .500 mark in 2011. But today, my mug is half-empty, and the sweet taste of winning...
  • Rays make Orioles' Britton pay for one bad inning

    Rays make Orioles' Britton pay for one bad inning
    The Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on an ugly, rainy, sloppy night Friday at Camden Yards provided a crystal-clear example of what separates successful veteran pitchers from inexperienced ones that are seemingly headed toward that path. Tampa...
  • Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine

    Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine
    Orioles reliever Koji Uehara said he feels better than he did at any time last season. It just hasn't shown in his results recently. Uehara started the year with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first five games, allowing just one hit and two walks. In his...
  • Coffee Companion -- 7/19: O's pitchers get shelled by Red Sox

    Coffee Companion -- 7/19: O's pitchers get shelled by Red Sox
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.  Running it back: The Red...